One of our favorite tour stops is Fustini’s, an artisanal olive oil and vinegar tasting room, modeled after stores in Europe the owners saw when traveling, and a dream they have to nourish “the foodie inside everyone.” Their products are imported from small-batch growers around the world when those products are in season, so everything is fresh and flavorful. They actually crush the fruit with the olives in the fruit-infused oils, so the flavors are clean and bold. Grab a small tasting cup, pick your favorite flavors and create your own dressings and marinades. Meyer Lemon olive oil with Wild Blueberry balsamic, Persian Lime olive oil with Honey Ginger balsamic, Tuscan Herb olive oil with Tangerine balsamic. There are over 800 possible combinations. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Fustini’s also sells unique tapanades, preserves and honey. Be sure to ask for their cooking class schedule while you’re here. Fustini means “drum” in Italian, and refers to the stainless steel containers that store the oil and vinegar. The first Fustini’s opened in Traverse City, Michigan, in 2007. There are now five stores in Michigan, and a store opened in Maui in 2014.


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